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Daedalus and Icarus

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Movie or TV Productions

Trekkie Tribute

"Daedalus" is the name of a 2005 episode of Star Trek: Enterprise. The plot focuses on an inventor named Dr. Emory Emerson who visits the spaceship. Sounds about right.

The Jim Henson Treatment

The Daedalus and Icarus myth was dramatized by Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Greek Myths series. It's not The Muppets, but we'll take what we can get.

Videogames

Daedalus in Space

The Daedalus Encounter was a video game and "interactive movie" from 1995. It was set in outer space, and featured a space ship named Daedalus. What is it with this guy and outer space?

Videos

Legomania!

Check out this pretty fantastic stop-motion Lego version of the myth. We dare you to top this.

Paper Cutouts with a Steampunk Vibe

Someone accepted our dare. Here's another cool stop-motion video of the myth, this time using paper cutouts.

Steampunk Version #2

And here's a slightly darker, more depressing adaptation of the myth. Watch at your own risk.

Audio

70s Rock Meets Greek Myth

The (awesome) song "Carry On My Wayward Son" by the 70s band Kansas draws on this high-flying myth. Here's a sample lyric for you: "I was soaring ever higher, but I flew too high."

Folk Music Melody

The English folk band Death in June (yikes) penned a song about the myth. It's sad and folksy—what a combo.

Icarus Is Everywhere

Contemporary artists such as U2, Bon Iver, Ani DiFranco, and Regina Spektor have all mentioned Icarus or his "wings of wax" in various songs. Way to be super-famous, Icarus.

Books

Greek Name, Irish Novels

If you're up for some serious reading, check out James Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Ulysses. Both books feature a character named Stephen Dedalus, a young writer whose name pays homage to Daedalus, the ultimate artist and craftsman.

Trekked Out

Sci-fi fans rejoice! A two-part Star Trek series called Daedalus exists: it's about Starfleet's first warp 5 vessel (named Daedalus).

Images & Artwork (Copyrighted and Unsure)

Music Meets Metal

The sculptor Simon Benetton crafted large metal wings called Ikarus 1993. They sit outside the Bonn Opera in Germany. And they're awesome.

Ancient Myths in Public Spaces

American artist Roger Brown created a mural of Daedalus and Icarus over an entrance to a skyscraper at 120 North LaSalle in Chicago. What do you think of this modern take?

A Jazz Impression

In 1947, the French artist Henri Matisse included this playful rendition of Icarus falling in his book "Jazz." Pretty cool, right?

Keeping it Old School

This ancient fresco from a wall in Pompeii depicts the fall of Icarus. This story has been around forever.

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